• Sausage and Tortellini Soup

    Date: 2011.10.15 | Category: recipes | Tags: ,,,,

    I recently fell in love with a new (to me) blog.  Have you seen The Girl Who Ate Everything?  She’s funny and posts some great looking recipes.  Anyway, I pinned (Please tell me you’ve been using pinterest too?  If not you are missing out big time!  If you need an invitation just ask, otherwise let me know you’re on pinterest or start following my boards- my link is in the right sidebar.)  a bunch of recipes that looked good to me and I tried her Italian Sausage Soup with Cheese Tortellini tonight.  Chris doesn’t like tomatoes, so it was perfect to make while he was out of town.  I made it almost exactly to her instructions, but I did add a can of sliced olives and some frozen spinach to her recipe.  It turned out super yummy, if a little spicy for the kids.

    1 pound Italian sausage (casing removed)
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    5 cups beef broth
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup red cooking wine
    2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian diced tomatoes
    1 cup thinly sliced or diced carrots
    1/2 tablespoon packed fresh basil leaves
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
    1 1/2 cups green beans or sliced zucchini
    (1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach)
    (1 can sliced black olives)
    8 ounces fresh tortellini pasta (I used frozen tortellini)
    3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

    1. In a large pot, brown sausage. Remove sausage and drain.

    2. Saute onions and garlic in drippings. Stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

    3. Skim fat from the soup. Stir in beans and parsley. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Add tortellini during the last 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.  Serve with warm garlic bread.